IPL 2021 likely to start between September 18 and 20 in UAE; final on October 9 or 10
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League this year which had to be called off due to rampaging aggression of Covid-19 pandemic is likely to resume around 18th September in UAE. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly planning to restart one of the most exciting and cash-rich T20 League and finish the remaining 31 matches within three weeks. IPL was indefinitely deferred on 4th May after Covid-19 cases were breached inside the bio-bubble. Since then, the BCCI was in search of a window even amidst the busy international schedule.
In the discussion on IPL 2021 likely to start between September 18 and 20 in UAE; final on October 9 or 10, according to BCCI sources, the IPL final can be staged on 9th or 10th October while as many as 10 double-headers could be played.
“The BCCI has spoken to all the stakeholders and the likely to start between 18th and 20th September. As 18th September is a Saturday and 19th is a Sunday it is more likely that you would want the resumption of the League on a weekend date. Similarly, 9th or 10th October can be final as it’s a weekend,” the official said according to the Times of India.
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“We are finalizing the itinerary and there will be 10 double-headers and seven evening matches along with four main games (2 qualifiers, 1 eliminator, and 1 final), which completes the list of 31 matches," the official added.
Considering IPL 2021 likely to start between September 18 and 20 in UAE; final on October 9 or 10, India and England will be playing in a five-match Test series which is scheduled to be over on 14th September in Manchester. According to plans, the cricketers, participating in the IPL from both the teams will travel from Manchester to Dubai in the same charter flight on 15th September for a bubble to bubble transfer.
“The Indian team and the English players who will be available will fly in the same charter flight from Manchester to Dubai. Similarly, the West Indies players will also fly in after completing the CPL engagements. There will be three-day quarantine for players arriving from UK and Caribbean,” the official further said.
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To add to the report, even a franchise official has confirmed that the BCCI has communicated to the teams about the resumption dates. “We have been told by the BCCI to be ready for the tournament. The window we have offered them is 15th to 20th September,” he said.